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Birmingham City 0-4 Derby County

Chris Martin
Chris Martin has four goals from his last four league games

Derby County climbed up to third in the Championship with a convincing win over Birmingham City.

Jordon Ibe's solo effort and Chris Martin's 20-yard free-kick set the Rams on their way in the first half.

Blues improved slightly after the break and substitute Wes Thomas forced Lee Grant into a smart stop.

But Craig Forsyth, who scored at St Andrew's in a 3-3 draw last season, and Johnny Russell sealed the victory with late strikes.

Derby had started December as the Championship leaders, but could have been forgiven for lacking in confidence after dropping down to fifth following a defeat by Middlesbrough and a draw against Norwich City.

Raiding Rams
Derby's six away wins this season is equal best in the Championship, along with Bournemouth and Middlesbrough

However, any fears of that minor wobble becoming anything more substantial were brushed aside with a fluent performance.

Midfielder Will Hughes dictated the pace for the Rams, who started confidently and were in front after seven minutes when teenager Ibe, on loan from Liverpool, skipped past a series of Birmingham defenders and fired past keeper Darren Randolph.

Russell was denied by Randolph when through one-on-one, but Martin affirmed Derby's first-half dominance by thrashing a free-kick into the net for his 16th goal of the campaign.

Blues boss Gary Rowett, who played 120 times for Derby between 1995 and 1998, has overseen a tremendous improvement in his two months in charge at St Andrew's, but his side were uninspiring in what was only their second defeat of his tenure.

With snow teeming down in the West Midlands, Birmingham made a rare chance as substitute Thomas drew a sharp save from Grant in the second half.

Randolph once again thwarted Russell at the other end as the game opened up, but Forsyth finished from 20 yards after a one-two with Ibe and Russell cut in and lashed home to cap off a productive trip.

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McClaren on Wigan v Derby

Derby boss Steve McClaren: "From the beginning we were always in control. We dug in when we had to on occasions.

"We have talked about being ruthless and they were and it could have been a lot more. I couldn't fault how we want to play and it was a great result."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett: "I actually thought Derby were the most clinical and threatening side that we have played in the last eight we've played.

"They showed their quality and class. Their wide players were a constant threat throughout the game."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4Robinson
  • 3Grounds
  • 11CotterillSubstituted forThomasat 58'minutes
  • 8GleesonBooked at 22mins
  • 26Davis
  • 33Gray
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forZigicat 58'minutes
  • 9DonaldsonSubstituted forNovakat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Edgar
  • 10Thomas
  • 12Novak
  • 17Reilly
  • 19Zigic
  • 21Doyle
  • 39Moussi

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 32Shotton
  • 6Keogh
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forCouttsat 66'minutes
  • 14EustaceBooked at 6mins
  • 19HughesBooked at 43mins
  • 11Russell
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBestat 86'minutes
  • 44Ibe

Substitutes

  • 7Dawkins
  • 12Naylor
  • 16Coutts
  • 21Roos
  • 27Calero
  • 30Best
  • 33Mascarell
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
23,851

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4.

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Derby County 4. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Best.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lee Novak replaces Clayton Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Leon Best replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Davis with a cross.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Derby County).

Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Derby County 3. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Paul Coutts replaces Jeff Hendrick because of an injury.

Delay in match Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt blocked. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt saved. Wes Thomas (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Derby County).

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Thomas replaces David Cotterill.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nikola Zigic replaces Andrew Shinnie.

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth23136452252745
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Derby23126544232142
4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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